Parting Glances: Two Kings and a Presidential ‘Queen’

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1965 historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, for African-American voter rights changed the South forever. (Or, did it?) Few know that another King – William Rufus DeVane King – gave Selma its name 145 years earlier. (It means “high seat” or “throne,” and comes from an epic Ossianic poem, “The Songs of Selma.”)

By |2018-11-21T10:24:38-05:00November 21st, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: ‘Ys’ Beyond my Years!

Long, long before The Village People made "YMCA" — the song that would become the unofficial, persistent national anthem of Winter Olympian Brian Boitano – "Ys" played an important role. They were second only to gay bars, as places to meet available others of like-minded, body-mind-and-spirit, triune — me, you and the shower — persuasions. In the '60s and '70s there were four YMCAs in the Metro Detroit area. (The long-gone Grand Circus Park YMCA dating to 1904.) There's only one YMCA now, located on Broadway, in a totally revitalized, energetic, amazingly-changed, thriving new Downtown area.

By |2018-11-07T16:38:51-05:00November 7th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: JFK: Troubling days gone by

Back in the mid-'80s a group of gay friends gathered monthly for dinner and sharing at Detroit's historic venue, the Scarab Club. We called ourselves "The Friends of Dorothy Kilgallen". Our campy title was a play on the old closet question, "Are you a friend of Dorothy?" Meaning, Are you gay? A friend of Oz's Dorothy. The title also referenced once-famous Miss Kilgallen, syndicated journalist, panelist for TV's 1960s popular "What's My Line?" guessing game show.

By |2018-10-31T14:43:18-04:00October 31st, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: A beard in time …

There are shared similarities between high-visibility personalities Pastor Joel Osteen and Republican Vice President Mike Pence. First off, each shepherds a flock of religious followers. Mike’s, however, is basically evangelical and/or fundamentalist. Osteen’s tends to be New Age, Power of Positive Thinking, Prosperity Gospel and devotees of his seven bestseller books, read by a goodly number of his weekly 7 million American TV followers.

By |2018-10-24T15:44:23-04:00October 24th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: Chapter from a Memoir in Process

Yes. It's been a long journey for me. It wasn't always easy. But, then again, it wasn't that hard either (The journey, not the sex.). I’ve survived, and I like to think I've made something of myself as an artist, a writer and human being who just happens to be quite gay. Contentedly so. Reasonably happy. Most of the time. That's life (I'd gladly do it all over again.).

By |2018-09-19T12:23:41-04:00September 19th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: Any Gay Name but Mine

To diddle an old saying: You can't judge a gay author or his book by its — or by his — cover. Case in point: the groundbreaking 1951 sociological expose, "The Homosexual in America." Gay nom de plume: Donald Webster Cory — a pen name name gleaned from Andre Gide's 1924 gay novel "Corydon," later published in America in 1950. Real name: Edward Sagarin. Outed dramatically 24 closeted years later.

By |2018-07-11T15:45:16-04:00July 11th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: In Cass Park with Bobby Burns

Detroit's imposing, massive, block-wide Masonic Temple was built in 1922 — cornerstone-dated 5022 — following the Hebraic custom of noting esoteric history. At one time in the 1960s every major dance company in the world, classical musician, orchestra and performer appeared there; many brought to the city by famed impresario Sol Hurok.

By |2018-07-11T15:45:17-04:00July 11th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances. A Slogan Come True Big Time!

“Gay is good. You are not alone.” This was the slogan when the Affirmations LGBT Center opened its doors in Ferndale more than 20 years ago. It was a bold statement to make at the time: reassurance for many cautious, confused, isolated young people in need of understanding, trained organizational support and a place to hang out.

By |2018-06-07T09:00:18-04:00June 6th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Pride Rainbow

some with caution some with confidence some seeking rainbow courage (now!) all join hands and promenade: black, white yellow, red stripes and stars unfolding our marching drums our music, yes play it proud (so out [...]

By |2018-06-06T16:19:41-04:00June 6th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: Ys Beyond my Wildest Dreams

Long, long before The Village People made "Y.M.C.A." the unofficial, persistent national anthem of Winter Olympian skater Brian Boitano, the Young Mens Christian Associations played an important role, second only to bars, as places to meet available others of like-minded, body-mind-and-spirit, triune persuasions (“You show me your triune, I’ll show you my try-unity. Let’s shower in unison. One with the others”).

By |2018-05-29T15:37:32-04:00May 29th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|

Parting Glances: Keys! Wallet! iPhone! (Amen.)

After five years of faithful, heavy-duty service the battery in my expensive gift Shinola wrist watch expired. I should have known it was going to happen, because, for the past several weeks, its second hand hesitated, stopping completely for milli-seconds, before lunging forward by five-minute notches at a time. In spite of this, its time was impeccably accurate, so I ignored the warning signal.

By |2018-03-14T13:52:21-04:00March 14th, 2018|Opinions, Parting Glances|